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Maxim Barth Stanford vs Demis Hassabis
"Goodbye, My Love, Goodbye" (game of the day Dec-31-2021)
115th Oxford - Cambridge Varsity m (1997), RAC Club, London ENG, Mar-01
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0

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Dec-31-21  Brenin: A pretty finish. 31 ... Ra7 is no better, and 31 ... Qa7 only delays the end a little, after 32 Nge7+ Qxe7 (32 ... Kh8 33 Qg7 mate, or 32 ... Kf7 33 Qh5+ Ke6 34 Rxd6 mate) 33 Nxe7+ Kf7 (if 33 ... Kh8 then 34 Nf5 and 35 Rxd6 wins easily) 34 Qxh7+ and 35 Nxc6.
Dec-31-21  Brenin: 18 ... Nh3+ was over-ambitious: the simple retreat 18 ... Be6 would have left Black a P up with a clear advantage (19 Nc7 Rad8 is good for Black).
Dec-31-21
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  OhioChessFan: Had no idea what the pun was. Enriched my knowledge a bit in finding out.
Dec-31-21  Honey Blend: Even 25. ♘f5! immediately is brutal. If 25. ... ♕xf5 26. ♘e7+ with a royal fork, and the only reasonable defense 25. ... g6 walks into 26. ♘de7+ ♔h8 27. ♕g5 +-, which pretty much leads into a similar mating attack as in the game.


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The black queen has no meaningful checks with ♘f5 covering d4, e3 and g3.

Dec-31-21
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  keypusher: Hassabis later got revenge by purchasing his opponent and donating his brain to Google.
Dec-31-21
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Very interesting game, and a good choice for Game of the Day, but...can anyone explain the title?
Dec-31-21
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  keypusher: <An Englishman> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4L...
Dec-31-21  lentil: I think I would have been sporting and allowed the mate. It's just so unusual.
Dec-31-21
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  FSR: Sweet!
Dec-31-21
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  sorso: incredible checkmate
Dec-31-21  Ironmanth: Had to actually get the engine to show this; didn't believe it at first. I somehow calculated three pieces for the queen. Rare checkmate pattern! Happy New Year all; be safe out there.
Dec-31-21
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  Diademas: <keypusher: <An Englishman> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4L...

Nope. Even after seeing the fat Greek gesticulating at a Belgian train station I'm none the wiser.

Dec-31-21  mrknightly: <Diademas> The only connection I see is that the first name of the singer in the video is the same first name of the black player.
Dec-31-21
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  Diademas: Ok. Got there. Demis being the common denominator. Maybe not my favourite.
Dec-31-21
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  scormus: <mrknightly> I was searching for a connection, but it was meant to be I'd lose ......
Jan-01-22
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Thanks, <keypusher>, but wow, that is one *tortured* connection.

Agreeing with everyone else who thinks Black should have allowed the mate. Many decades ago, played a very poor game that would end with my opponent winning with a classic Nf7 smothered mate. He was a very elderly man who eyes grew wider as the unavoidable mate grew closer. He grew more excited and clenched fists tighter and tighter. Looked at him and figured, OK, what the heck, let him get his smothered mate.

He cried as he played Nf7X.

He told me that for over 60 years, he had dreamed of playing a smothered mate. It had been his only unfulfilled hope as a chess player. He passed away less than a year later.

Like to think he died happy.

Jan-01-22
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  Stonehenge: Well, there's another connection, white gives away his queen (goodbye my love).

And when I submitted the pun I hoped it was going to be used on December 31st, so goodbye to 2021.

I thought all three things combined would make for an acceptable pun but apparently I was wrong.

Jan-01-22
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  Stonehenge: Since it was a varsity match, maybe something like Stanford Education would have been better.
Jan-01-22
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  keypusher: < Stonehenge: Well, there's another connection, white gives away his queen (goodbye my love). And when I submitted the pun I hoped it was going to be used on December 31st, so goodbye to 2021.

I thought all three things combined would make for an acceptable pun but apparently I was wrong.>

Well, I thought it was great, especially because of the queen sacrifice. You clearly put a lot of thought into it. Pay these malcontents no mind. :-)

Jan-01-22
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  Diademas: The video was, admittedly, a highlight.
Jan-01-22
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  Stonehenge: If you like hideous videos, yes :)
Jan-01-22
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  Diademas: <Stonehenge>
It's so bad, it's good.
What is he doing flapping his hands on that dire train station?
Jan-01-22
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  Stonehenge: No money for a hair cut? The music isn't bad though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdN...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bfd...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub6...

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